Experts Warn Even Light Alcohol Consumption Ups Your Risks Of Cancer

Tabitha Dunn
November 9, 2017

While existing studies suggested that, alcohol consumption at a certain level may reduce the risk of early diabetes and is good for your health, a call to action to minimize alcohol consumption has recently been issued by the doctors from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Even those who drink moderately, defined by the Centers for Disease Control as one daily drink for women and two for men, face almost a doubling of the risk for mouth and throat cancer and more than double the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, compared to nondrinkers.

The researchers also stated that if the drinker ceases consuming alcohol for 20 years or more, the possibility of cancer regresses back to that of non-drinkers.

"I think the take-home message from the statement is that the really high-risk people are very high drinkers - over a prolonged period of time", LoConte said.

In addition, researchers said that in 2012, approximately 5.5 percent of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths globally could be attributed to drinking alcohol. Now, one of the nation's largest and most prominent associations of cancer doctors says that moderate-and even light-drinking can increase your cancer risk.

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The group warns that heavy drinkers have an increased risk of developing liver cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, colorectal cancers and cancer of the voicebox.

The more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to develop at least seven types of cancer, oncologists warned in a statement released yesterday.

The ASCO report goes on to pinpoint just how many of these fatal cancers are linked to drinking alcohol. "ASCO joins a growing number of cancer care and public health organizations in recognizing that even moderate alcohol use can cause cancer", said Noelle K. LoConte, MD, lead author of the statement and associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin, in the ASCO statement. Also saying, "It's different than tobacco where we say, 'Never smoke".

"Alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies, and it is a potentially modifiable risk factor for cancer", ASCO said. "It is really the heavy drinkers over a long period of time that we need to worry about", she said.

"Therefore, limiting alcohol intake is a means to prevent cancer", she added.

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